NUFC have loan-to-buy bid rejected as club attempt to beat Watford to late deal – Report

According to The Independent, Newcastle have had a bid rejected for Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips.

Carl Markham – a Press Association reporter covering Liverpool – claims that we launched a loan offer that included an obligation to buy the 24-year-old at the end of the season, however it seems the Reds prefer a straight up permanent deal.

Relegation rivals Watford are believed to have offered them that, but their £7m bid has also been turned down.

That said, the report says it’s ‘increasingly likely’ that he’ll leave in the final few days of the transfer window, with him eager to play first-team football and receiving plenty of late interest.

The 6ft 3′ defender has featured only three time in all competitions this season, with two of those coming in Champions League clashes with AC Milan and Real Madrid.

He’s also failed to feature in the Premier League this term, with the return to fitness of Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez and the summer arrival of Ibrahima Konate seeing him fall way down the pecking order at Anfield; despite doing a solid job in his 20 appearances last season.

Phillips could be a solid signing – he’s a no-nonsense defender who is superb in the air, tough in the tackle and better on the ball than some give him credit for – however it may be an underwhelming one if he’s all we end up with after previous bids for Botman and Carlos?

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

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